Hurricane Awareness Week, May 25-31, 2008

Alabama Tourism’s Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Jones Stamps attended the Alabama/Mississippi annual Hurricane Conference last week in Mobile. The conference was the prelude to the Alabama Hurricane Awareness Week which began Sunday, May 25 and continues through Saturday, May 31st. Gov. Bob Riley greeted attendees during the general session and stressed being prepared for natural disasters as well as the importance of all agencies and entities in Alabama and Mississippi working together. Other sessions addressed the value of communication between agencies on the local, state and national levels prior to, during and following a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Allowing for uncertainties, the National Weather Service estimate a 60%-70% chance of occurrence for each of the following ranges of activity during the upcoming hurricane season: 12-16 named storms; 6-9 hurricanes; and 2-5 major hurricanes; with most of the 2008 activity expected to take place during August through October, the peak months of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Tying into the Alabama Emergency Management Agency’s ( yearlong theme: “Anytime, anywhere…are you ready?”, the Alabama Tourism Department invites residents and those planning to travel in Alabama to expect the unexpected and to get prepared by:

Developing a Family Plan
Creating a Disaster Supply Kit
Having a Place to Go
Securing your Home
Having a Pet Plan

Information about hotels, campgrounds and other facility is maintained on the department’s web site at

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